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National Award for SEN Co-ordination

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination is recognised in England as a high quality professional qualification which must be held by school-based co-ordinators of SEN (SENCOs) within three years of appointment to the role. By Law, SENCOs must also hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS, EYTS or QTLS).

If you have QTS, EYTS or QTLS, you will have achieved the PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN.

If you do not have QTS or QTLS, you will achieve PG Cert: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN but not the National Award.

This course is designed to deepen your professional knowledge and skill in leading effective practice for SEN in your organisation.

The course will also examine current legislation and service requirements for SEN. You will be supported in developing an informed, critical stance on matters of debate. You will learn to apply small-scale enquiry in deep and critical ways to improve or challenge existing practices. You will also be able to apply recent research on good practice.

Underpinning the course is a focus on positive outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and how you, as a knowledgeable, critical leader, might support others in delivering these.

Entry requirements

  • You will normally hold a first degree, or a postgraduate teaching qualification.
  • Equivalent experience and achievement may be taken into account if you have with less formal qualifications. Evidence of equivalence of knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a first degree are required.

PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN

Entry requirements for the PG Cert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN are as follows:

  1. You must be a qualified teacher (QTS, QTLS) and/or in the case of teaching practitioners who are SENCOs in maintained early years settings, hold early years teacher status (EYTS). On application, you must provide a DfE number as evidence of this qualification.
  2. You must have access to an appropriate setting and experience and this must be evidenced on application by (3) below.
  3. You must have the full support of the head teacher (or equivalent) and the governing body (or equivalent). This must be evidenced on application. A suitably qualified work-based critical friend must also be named on application.
  4. For SENCos who are new to the role, it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment. On application, this condition must be confirmed by your head teacher (or equivalent). Please complete the following document and submit it with your application: Application - NASENCo Letter of Support.

PG Cert: Leading Effective, Inclusive practice in SEN

You can also apply for this course if you do not have QTS, QTLS or EYTS but graduation from the course will not include the National SENCo Award. Entry criteria are:

  1. You must have access to an appropriate setting and experience and this must be evidenced on application by (2) below.
  2. You must have the support of the head teacher (or equivalent). A suitably qualified work-based critical friend must also be named on application. Please complete the following document and submit it with your application: Application - Letter of Support (applicants without QTS, QTLS or EYTS)

Course modules

This course is made up of one 60 credit module called Leading Effective Inclusive Practice in SEN which explores theory and practice relevant to SEN leadership at a deep level.

Assessment methods

Assessment is entirely through coursework, including essays, reflective accounts and reports on action studies carried out in your setting.

Sponsorship information

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
PgCert Part-time Home/EU £ 1,740 Whole course 1 years

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